Life is a strange intermingling of light and shade and nothing could better reflect this than some of the stories emanating out of our city.
The Courier remains committed to bringing you the news that matters to Ballarat. In some cases this includes a wide range of problems and troubles the city is faced with; from its hardest hit socio-economic pockets to the grim excesses displayed in the courts.
But there is also a host of good stories about people overcoming these and many other challenges.
Business is one great example. While there is the perpetual issue of online disruption and offshoring, the struggles of costs and automation, there are also the stories of homegrown innovation and confidence which highlight a thriving business heart to our city.
Then there is diverse stories of our young leaders, people whose ability, vision and passion bode well for Ballarat's future.
Our job at The Courier is to bring them all to you; because they make up the fullest and truest picture of the city you live in. You deserve nothing less.
Thanks for your loyalty.